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Troy Rike leaves UAAP on a high note

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Better late than never.

Troy Rike may have struggled throughout his one-and-done season, but he made sure that he’ll leave UAAP on a high note.

The 23-year-old big man collected 17 points (on 8-of-11 shooting) and 11 rebounds in their 79-71 win against UE Red Warriors on Sunday.

Rike, who averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds for the whole season, was just glad that he had a breakout performance on his final game with the Bulldogs.

“Honestly I wish I had a better season to be honest, if I could be technical about it, my average is seven and seven,” said Rike.

“There should have been more of it and I should have been more consistent this year but I think it’s almost good to end it the right way,” he added.

The Gilas cadet wasn’t only having a hard time adjusting to the Philippine basketball, but he also had to deal with off-court issues that affected his mental health.

“It was to be honest it was one of the most mentally tough years of my life,” Rike shared.

“Just everything that happened, not knowing if I’m gonna play, the arrest, everything, it was really tough. I came in and I did alright in the first two games, but then ‘Oh, I thought you were gonna play better’ and all those stuff, and it really got into my head for the whole season.”

Fortunately, the Wake Forest product was glad that he attained a better mental state on his swan song.

“It was a tough year but I think I’m gonna learn, I’m gonna grow from this,” Rike reflected.

“There were a lot of obstacles but I think that’s gonna make me stronger as a person,” he continued.